Renewal of Commitment to Diaconal Service

Archbishop: My brothers the night before he died Jesus our Master and Lord washed the feet of his disciples as an example of true and loving service. Later to ensure that such loving service was built into the very structure of the Church the Apostles chose seven men filled with the Spirit and with wisdom and laid hands on them and entrusted them with this duty. In the same way you, my brothers, through the prayer of the Church and the laying-on of hands, have been entrusted with this duty.
Today in the presence of me your bishop and God's Holy People are you ready to renew your own dedication to serve Christ as deacons in his Church?
Deacons: I am.
At your ordination you accepted the responsibilities of the diaconate out of love for the Lord Jesus and his Church.Are you resolved to unite yourselves more closely to Christ by trying to become more like him who came not to be served but to serve?
Deacons: I am.
Are you resolved to be faithful ministers of the mysteries of God to assist at the Eucharist and other liturgical services with sincere devotion? Are you resolved to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you are by believing the Gospel you read, teaching what you believe and practis­ing what you preach?
Deacons: I am.
Are you resolved in union with your bishop to faithfully proclaim the Kingdom of God by working for peace and unity both within and beyond the Christian Community seeking always to ensure that the love of Christ is made visible in your actions?
Deacons: I am.
Then the Archbishop addresses the people:My brothers and sisters pray for your deacons, that together with your priests they may be faithful ministers of Christ the High Priest who laid down his life for us and commanded us to love one another as he had loved us.
All: Lord Jesus hear us and answer our prayer
Archbishop: Pray too for me and the other bishops of the diocese that despite our own unworthiness we may faithfully fulfil the office of Apos­tles which Jesus Christ has entrusted to us. Pray that we may become like our Good Shepherd the teacher and servant of all and so be a genuine sign of Christ's loving presence among you.
All: Lord Jesus, hear us and answer our prayer.
Archbishop: May the Lord in his love keep you close to him always and may he bring all of us, his bishops, priests, deacons andpeople, to eternal life.
All: Amen.